“TRY IT – YOU’LL LIKE IT”
Advice about WHAT to think is certain to be met with argument. If a conclusion is drawn it will be because the subject has shifted from WHAT to HOW.
Advice about HOW to think increases the pool of knowledge; it generates questions rather than arguments, discoveries rather than frantic searches for proof.
Those who focus on WHAT to think often rely heavily on the quotes and references of dead scholars who are no longer able to defend their words; words which are often taken out of context.
A book I own has a chapter entitled HOW IT WORKS.
It is not about HOW anything works NOR is it about WHAT to think ; the reader is encouraged only to adopt the biases of the author however allusive their attraction.
“TRY IT – YOU’LL LIKE IT”
(Now what did I do with the Alka Seltzer?)
NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO RHYME
One need not be a Messiah to be a role model.
Everyone carries a special message;
Everyone has a pitch.
All of me is the rest of you
SO LISTEN. (Not everything has to rhyme.)
THE ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE IS EVIDENCE? REALLY?
I had intended to write about atheism but nothing came to mind.
Being the open-minded kinda – sorta Lutheran-esque agnostic that I think I am, I may be open to ideas.
“Belief is the information of the misguided, Well informed.”
“Being true to one’s self is the job description of the Non conformist.”
“I prefer to believe less…and discover more.” Leeward.
WHAT? HOW’S THAT AGAIN?
How introduces Logic
What says HERE, do This.
How seeks Truth if only.
What seeks proof of a Kiss.
How is based on Love alone.
What says you wouldn’t dare
How is the way of the Tortoise.
What is the way of The Hare.
How is the flight of the Albatross
Whee is the way of the Free.
What is the Law, the Rule of Thumb?
Free is the How for me
The Rules I leave to Thee, Yippee.
The Rules I leave to Thee
I’ve noticed over the years, that there appears to be no important link between REASONING skills and IQ, though it does seem that those who appear to possess minimal skills of LOGIC often demonstrate the ability to store massive amounts of data without the ability or even the curiosity for understanding what they are LEARNING, if indeed that word actually fits the situation.
My observation persuades me also to believe that for those whose main tool for learning is rote memorization, new increments of stored data are often in the form of TAGS rather than traditional CATEGORIES. Notice how certain individuals, as they attempt to contribute to a conversation, sometimes, actually change the subject by linking to a TAG which leaps the boundaries of the conversation by jumping into a new CATEGORY.
I believe also that those, whose skills of LOGIC are more pronounced, require understanding of a new subject before choosing to store the new ideas; thus more CATEGORIES than TAGS are needed for this purpose. Quality is the watchword for those whose quest for information is TRUTH and UNDERSTANDING; VOLUME to a wannabe scholar may become the moral equivalent of GREED as experienced by a compulsive gambler.
I have also noticed that among those whose favorite pastime is memorization, that there are many who fancy themselves as SCHOLARS and who offer evidence of this claim, a long string of quotations from the minds and lips of the world’s creative thinkers, seeking it seems to belong to this group by repeating their words. This kind of thinker may have little to offer in the way of self-acquired original information but may simply possess a strong reluctance to run the risk of revealing their inner thoughts.
Honest motives for these endeavors would most likely be found in those for whom the discovery and preservation of culture is the result of the quest for TRUTH and is therefore a contribution to society as a whole. To these people, the anthropologists, the historians and those who’s study of social behavior over the centuries bring to society the hope of a more peaceful future, I salute you for your efforts. Still, I wonder if such a hope is not socially self destructive.
Curiosity leads to Discovery which leads to Ideas are expressed as knowledge.